traveling for dental Implants

I know the dangers of dental tourism when you’re talking about leaving the country. I’ve read the horror stories. But, what if you’re not traveling to save money, but to find a really good implant dentist? I need to replace two teeth in the upper right part of my mouth. The dentists in my area aren’t that great when it comes to dental implants. However, my best friend from college lives near one of the top dental implant dentists in the country. She said I could stay with her. In that case, is it a safe option?


Dear Pepper,

Illustration of a dental implant

Dental implants are a fantastic option for replacing teeth. It also sounds like you’ve done some great research as far as what dentist to use. That is the number one factor in a successful outcome.

When you are talking about this type of travel for dental care, it is a totally different story than the dental tourism horror stories you’ve read about.

However, there are some things which need to be handled differently for this to go smoothly for you.

Considerations When Traveling for Dental Implants

One of these you’ve already done, but I’m listing it for the benefit of others.

Research the Dentist

As I said above, the dentist is a very important factor in the success of your case. You’ll want to know:

  • The type of implant training he or she has had
  • How many cases they’ve done
  • Percentage of successful cases
  • Always check reviews

Budget Carefully

You’ll need to be prepared for six or more visits spread out throughout the year. Some of these include:

  • Consultation
  • Implant surgery
  • Post-op checks
  • Impression appointment
  • Crown placement

Accommodations for after surgery is important too. You have this arranged, but others may not have your support. They’ll need to have someone travel with them and plan on staying somewhere comfortable at least overnight.

Discuss Emergency Protocols

Even when everything is done right, something can go wrong. You’ll want emergency protocol information up front. Will he insist you come in or will a Skype visit be fine for a triage of sorts?

Do all this and you should have a positive experience.

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